Warns mass agitation if adverse verdict comes
SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) has called for a complete strike on February 13 and 14 to protest and resist the “(vicious) move” of “late announcement and ambiguity over dates of hearing” in the Article 35-A and Article 370 cases in the Supreme Court.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement warned authorities that if anything adverse to the interests of the people of J&K and its disputed status is announced through the courts, a mass people’s agitation will be started instantly across the state and the responsibility of the consequences of that will be entirely on those forcing us to react.
The hearing is scheduled on February 13 and 14 while the state government has requested the apex court to defer the hearing since there is president’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir will forcefully resist every challenge by New Delhi to change the demography of the State by rolling back hereditary state subject laws of 1927, being contested in the Supreme Court of India through their agents,” the leadership said.
The late announcement and ambiguity over the dates of hearing of 35-A and 370 by Supreme Court on 13 or 14 of February is worrisome, and indicates of mischief, JRL said. “Leadership is fully aware of the developments and is cautiously observing the situation and these tactics cannot deceive leadership or the people of Kashmir. It is an extremely critical issue of our very existence as a people and of our disputed status.”
The leadership further said, “The people of Kashmir are facing tremendous repression tyranny and hardships by virtue of being under forcible control but it should be clear by now to those arrogant in power, that they cannot break our back and make us cow down before their might. Kashmiris have proven their mettle and resilience to India and the world over the last three decades by standing firm on their principled demand against a mighty military power.”
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said they “understand that the frequent shutdowns add to the hardships, but it is imperative to register our strong protest in the wake of such threatening measures by the Indian state”.
Meanwhile, Shahr-e-Khaas Traders and Manufacturers Coordination Committee said it is “fully supporting” the JRL’s strike call.
“First of all, we are Kashmiri, after that we are traders, so all should support this call given,” the traders body said in a statement.